14 Mar Emergency Action Plan
Emergency Action Plans are required by OSHA to facilitate employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. According to osha.gov, an emergency action plan must include but is not limited to:
- Means of reporting fires and other emergencies
- Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments
- Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate
- Procedures to account for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed
- Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them
- Names or job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan
When it comes to setting up an emergency action plan, it’s not enough just to jot down some rough directions. There must be thorough investigation as well as follow up involved in the planning process in order to ensure that the action plan will be effective for your company in case of a true emergency.
In order to guarantee an effective emergency action plan, consider going through the following three steps:
There are a few other things to keep in mind when creating your emergency action plan. With these items in place, your emergency action plan will not only be complete, it will also be strong and effective.
Establishing an emergency action plan ensures that you and your employees are prepared for whatever may come your way. Keep your emergency action plan up to date, communicate the plan as well as any updates to all employees, and practice the plan regularly with all personnel. These OSHA standards aren’t meant to just be more check-boxes to fill; they have the power to save lives.